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Texas: prayer vigils held

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26 April 2013

by a staff reporter

AP

"Tight-knit community": members of the West Volunteer Fire Department listen to a service at St Mary's of the Assumption, West, last Friday

"Tight-knit community": members of the West Volunteer Fire Department listen to a service at St Mary's of the Assumption, West, last Friday

FOURTEEN people are known to have died, and 200 more were injured, in an explosion at a fertiliser plant in Texas.

Prayer vigils were held in the small town of West, near the fertiliser plant. The cause of the explosion, on Wednesday of last week, is thought to be accidental.

The fireball that resulted from the blast flattened many homes, and damaged several schools and a nursing home, producing a tremor similar to a small earthquake.

The Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, declared the region a dis-aster area, and President Obama pledged federal aid to the town to help with the clear-up and rebuilding.

The Pastor of St Mary of the Assumption RC Church, in West, Fr Ed Karasek, said that the town was a tight-knit community with a strong faith, and this would pull people through.

Pope Francis tweeted prayers for victims and their families. He urged: "Please join me in praying for the victims of the explosion in Texas and their families."

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